The Tuesday bird walk went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. A Chipping Sparrow greeted us at the parking lot and was seen throughout the morning. We heard and then saw five Red Crossbills high up in a tree. A young Trumpeter Swan flew over heading down island. We watched as a Brewer’s Blackbird chased a Sharp-shinned Hawk. We heard and then caught a quick glimpse of a Wilson’s Warbler. Black-throated Gray Warblers and Pacific-slope Flycatchers were singing for most of the morning. An American Dipper was preening itself on a log near the Bridge.
Sharp-shinned Hawk, Ralph Hocken Photo:
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Song SparrowGolden-crowned Sparrow
Brown-headed CowbirdPurple Finch
Trumpeter Swan: Ralph Hocken Photo:
The Tuesday bird walk on May 03, 2016 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery in north Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club Kids Playground in Parksville at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing platform (along highway 19a near the Strait of Georgia) in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.